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Study Counters Critics of Plainer Cigarette Packaging

Selling cigarettes in plain packages doesn't increase the use of low-cost or illegal tobacco and doesn't harm sales in small stores, according to new research from Australia.
'Half a Glass' Rule May Curb Overdrinking

Pouring half a glass of wine at a time may keep you from drinking too much, according to a new study.
Ban Indoor Use of E-Cigarettes, U.N. Health Agency Says

Joining a number of other health agencies, the United Nations' World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday recommended that countries regulate electronic cigarettes and ban their use indoors until studies prove that "vaping" is harmless to bystanders.
Diet, Exercise Counseling Urged for Overweight Americans With Heart Risks

Overweight Americans with risk factors for heart disease should be offered "intensive" counseling on diet and exercise, according to new guidelines released this week.
Number of Young Non-Smokers Who Tried E-Cigs Tripled in 2 Years

More than a quarter-million middle and high school students who were non-smokers say they used an electronic cigarette last year -- a threefold increase from 2011, a new U.S. study says.
E-Cigarettes Should Be Regulated Like Tobacco: American Heart Association

Electronic cigarettes should be subject to the same laws that apply to tobacco products, and the federal government should ban the marketing and sale of e-cigarettes to young people, a new American Heart Association policy statement says.
Counseling Does Little to Deter Youth Drinking, Review Finds

Counseling may do little to help young people with drinking problems, a large-scale review finds.
Low-Nicotine Cigarettes May Not Lead to More Smoking

People who use reduced-nicotine cigarettes don't smoke more to make up for the lower levels of nicotine, according to a new study.
U.S. to Tighten Access to Certain Narcotic Painkillers

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is going ahead with tough new controls on painkillers containing hydrocodone, which has been tied to a surge in dangerous addictions across the United States.
Hospital Discharge a Key Time to Help Smokers Quit

The weeks after a hospital discharge may be a great time to help smokers quit the habit, and one study suggests a particular program might help.

 

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